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Bert Branson

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  • Refuting Rabbinic Objections to Christianity and Messianic Prophecies

  • By: Eitan Bar
  • Narrated by: Adriaan Hellenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    5 out of 5 stars 22

For us Jews who grew up in Israel, Jesus and his word were never part of the conversation. Not in our school system, not in our synagogues, and not in our media. Nor do we have easy access to the New Testament. Jesus has been studiously avoided and hidden from our people.  After almost 2,000 years, Jesus, or as we call him in Hebrew, Yeshua, can no longer be hidden from the people! Now, we can explain the Gospel to our people in a way that makes sense to them, in our own native tongues of Hebrew and Arabic, as only Israelis can and help our people understand who Yeshua really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yeshua is Lord and God

  • By Robert Lowe on 04-14-19

This is what illumination looks like!

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Reviewed: 03-29-19

The material is top shelf, and the narrator ok, but auditory editing full of overlap! Despite this, I was riveted by the research and conclusions. I have a large Audible Library and many great books, but this is one of the first that I've considered listen to again immediately. Because this is the first work that helps me understand part of the conflict Lord Jesus experienced and also how revolutionary He is! Yet you do not have to be a Jew to see with Eitan Barr's thesis that sin is universal and its lust for power structures itself to obfuscate and seduce therefore is dangerous! While the polemic against the rabbis is instructive, power structures of all sorts whether religious, secular, atheistic can become dangerous as we've seen many times in history. Atheists want to scapegoat religion as if their hands are bloodless. Reason, intuition, and illumination from the Scripture make us aware that we are the problem, and our only hope is Messiah Yeshua, our Hero and God.

  • God's Double Agent

  • The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom
  • By: Bob Fu, Nancy French
  • Narrated by: Hayden Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 365
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
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    5 out of 5 stars 335

God’s people are hiding in plain sightTens of millions of Christians live in China today, leading double lives to hide from a government that relentlessly persecutes them. By day, Bob Fu was a teacher in a communist school; by night, he was a preacher in an underground house church network. This edge-of-your-seat book tells the true story of Fu’s conversion to Christianity, his arrest and imprisonment for starting an illegal house church, his harrowing escape, and his subsequent rise to prominence in the United States as an advocate for his oppressed brethren.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great book, very informative.

  • By Charles on 09-21-15

This is what true BIblical revolution looks like.

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Reviewed: 11-29-18

this was almost like reading Acts chapter 28 realising this sounds like a continuation of the story. I love action movies but this was far better!

  • Playing with Holy Fire

  • A Wake-Up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church
  • By: Michael L. Brown Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

From the Azusa Street Revival, which began in 1906, a movement has grown to bring more people to Jesus than any other movement in history. While secularism continues to be on the rise in today's society, many areas of the world still experience church growth, thanks to Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians. But the Pentecostal-Charismatic church is also plagued with sexual immorality, financial corruption, doctrinal error, personal flakiness, spiritual gullibility, prophetic abuse, and more. In many ways the state of the church today is not too different from how it was long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book We Charismatics Desperately Need

  • By Jamin D. Bradley on 04-09-18

Needed corrective for charismatic children

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Reviewed: 11-10-18

Jesus died for us humans and there's nothing more human than to be tempted by things supernatural as well as natural. I think it's axiomatic that the greater the gifts (resources, sex, fame,... charismata, etc.) the greater is the possibilities of its perversions.Most people would agree that sex is a gift from God, yet who among us can count the ways it has been perverted? I haven't seen anyone make an argument for its cessation. Not even virgins... though they haven't experienced it yet. And there's no mandate it says you have to and there are ways around sex to have children.

I agree with Dr Brown and see the same kind of silliness in the arguments of the cessionists who do seem to argue more from experience than Scripture. Matter of fact, there are those who were virgins who have had bad experiences of sex or have been abused by it and want nothing to do with it... is that a good argument against it? They could live the rest of their life without it. But, how many of us would intuitively know that they would be missing the potential for something rich and healthy? I feel there are those among us who would agree that it is unnecessary and that Scripture makes certain prohibitions of it and form an argument that it should have ceased with Adam rather than deal with the real problems and help them to live a fulfilled and productive life.

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  • How the West Won

  • The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
  • By: Rodney Stark
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We all have a bias

  • By Adam Shields on 04-21-15

Enlightening.

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Reviewed: 04-21-17

Enjoyed the balance administered to the secular narrative and its received orthodoxy. Let the debate between the competeing worldviews continue... I think Christ is best served and His program benefits... And His detractors appear guilty of the bigotry they so often try to incriminate others for.

  • Signature in the Cell

  • DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
  • By: Stephen C. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Named one of the top books of 2009 by the Times Literary Supplement (London), this controversial and compelling audiobook from Dr. Stephen C. Meyer presents a convincing new case for intelligent design (ID) based on revolutionary discoveries in science and DNA. Along the way Meyer argues that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as expounded in The Origin of Species did not, in fact, refute ID.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent Design vs Chance

  • By Nevin on 03-03-17

Who knew 'science' had such zealous orthodoxy?

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Reviewed: 01-26-17

Eye-opening! Eureka maybe? Maybe in distinction to the 'multiverse-of-the-gaps' this intelligence/design paradigm could be the next epoch creating solutions in science.

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  • What’s Wrong with the World

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

In this important book, G.K. Chesterton offers a remarkably perceptive analysis of social and moral issues, even more relevant today than in his own time. With a light, humorous tone but a deadly serious philosophy, he comments on errors in education, on feminism vs. true womanhood, on the importance of the child, and other issues, using incisive arguments against the trendsetters’ assaults on the common man and the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Steve Hope on 09-14-15

We moderns need this counsel.

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Reviewed: 01-11-17

We need to understand a more traditional view of the nature of mankind. Is it possible that our wisdom has not kept pace with technology? Has our arrogance about our place in history of science blinded us to the failure of some of our social ideas? Is it possible that what we deem as archaic or obsolete could instruct us and provide some sanity?

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  • Mere Christianity

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 6,575
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,742
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    5 out of 5 stars 5,702

One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. This audiobook brings together C. S. Lewis' legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful. life-changing. eye-opening.

  • By Anna Marie B. Oakes on 06-02-15

Imagination in its best form

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Reviewed: 10-08-15

Thought provoking and a good primer for the formation of a Christian worldview. His view of morality may seem a bit archaic to most in our culture but it's definetly a healthy approach for a much needed and, in my opinion, welcome critique.

  • The Allure of Gentleness

  • Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
  • By: Dallas Willard
  • Narrated by: Alan Winter, Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 120
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ's word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus's message, we must be transformed people living out a life reflective of Jesus himself, a life of love, humility, and gentleness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, wise teaching

  • By David Gross on 02-12-15

Profound as usual from Willard

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Reviewed: 04-12-15

Willard is always gracious in insight about life and spirit of Jesus and how that relates to us and how we are called to be His disciples.